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MS Analysis Services / Configuring secure HTTPS connection

Overview

All data that is sent by HTTP is not encrypted and can be intercepted. That’s why we have added an option to enable HTTPS for Accelerator. HTTPS encrypts all data that is sent from the client to Accelerator and vice versa. Please follow the steps below to configure secure HTTPS connection for your setup.

Requirements

  • Flexmonster Pivot Component v2.206 ADVANCED edition or higher
  • Microsoft Analysis Services installed and configured
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4 or higher
  • Valid and trusted SSL certificate

Step 1: Register the server certificate

On an elevated console (“Run as administrator”), register the server certificate by running the following command:

netsh http add sslcert ipport=0.0.0.0:<port> certhash=<hash> appid=<app-guid>

Where:

  • <port> – the listening port (i.e. 50005); the special IP address 0.0.0.0 matches any IP address for the local machine
  • <hash> – the certificate’s SHA-1 hash, represented in hexadecimal
  • <app-guid> – any GUID (i.e. {00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000}), used to identity the owning application

In case of any errors, please verify that the SSL certificate is properly installed in the Personal store and contains private key assigned.
Aslo, please note that appid parameter contains single quotes and curly braces ('{}').

Step 2: Enable HTTPS in Accelerator

After you have the certificate registered let’s enable the HTTPS in the Accelerator’s config. Open flexmonster.config file and modify/add the HTTPS parameter as follows:

HTTPS=true

Available values for HTTPS parameter is true or false. By default HTTPS is disabled (false).

Data Speed Accelerator is ready to be launched. Just run the flexmonster-proxy-ssas.exe with Administrator privileges.

You can check the Accelerator is up and running by navigating to its URL in the browser (i.e. https://localhost:50005).

Step 3: Configure Flexmonster Pivot Component

Now it’s time to configure the client – Flexmonster Pivot Component. Let’s create a minimal configuration using JavaScript API (replace proxyUrl, catalog and cube parameters with your specific values):

var pivot = $("#pivotContainer").flexmonster({
	toolbar: true, 
	report: {
		dataSource: {
			dataSourceType: "microsoft analysis services",
			proxyUrl: "https://localhost:50005",
			catalog: "Adventure Works DW Standard Edition",
			cube: "Adventure Works",
			binary: true
		}
	},
	licenseKey: "XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX"
});

Please note that proxyUrl now contains https://. That means that the data is protected and encrypted with your SSL certificate.